Denton County Administrative Complex Phase II Earns LEED Silver® Certification
(June 4, 2014) - Denton County Administrative Complex Phase II has earned LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), joining the Phase I Administrative Building which also earned LEED Silver. The Administrative Complex is the first phase in a series of three phases (four with the master plan) that will result in the Denton County Campus. Phase 2 includes facilities for Adult Probation, Elections, Information Services and the TABC / Game Warden. The new and green complex consolidates operations across the county into a facility with a vision of connectivity and buildings that complement each other using similar materials and styles. All of the buildings on campus are designed to be efficient and easily accessible.
Inspired by the North Texas vernacular and the county's commitment to sustainability, the exterior is clad in glass, stone and brick—the brick being made only 50 miles away from the facility. The landscaping surrounding the building incorporates extensive heat- and drought-tolerant plants that reduce irrigation needs. Two historical bridges were saved from county locations and incorporated into the central water feature to symbolically blend the old with new. Also contributing to its LEED certification, the Phase II complex is designed with energy efficient windows and walls to reduce the heat gain inside the building. Reduced lighting power and a lighting control system reduces electricity needs by 26 percent and provides the proper amount of light for the employees and visitors. In addition, the use of efficient mechanical equipment is expected to reduce the energy use for air conditioning by approximately 60 percent.
- Additional sustainable features include:
- Parking for fuel-efficient vehicles
- Sunshades on exterior windows
- Use of low-emitting materials
- Bicycle storage space and shower/ changing rooms
- Recycled content: 30 percent of the materials contain recycled content, with 62 percent certified wood used, 43 percent of the materials manufactured and extracted within a 500-mile radius, and 75 percent of the construction waste diverted from landfills
- Pavers and light-colored concrete for pavements and metal roof panels with high reflectivity to mitigate the potential heat-island effect